Everton have confirmed that Theo Walcott will miss Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Manchester United. The 30-year-old has been ruled ‘out for three weeks’ with a calf injury and will now be sidelined for the remainder of the year.
Games he could miss
- 18/12/19 (League Cup) Everton v Leicester City
- 21/12/19 (Premier League) Everton v Arsenal
- 26/12/19 (Premier League) Everton v Burnley
- 28/12/19 (Premier League) Newcastle United v Everton
- 1/1/20 (Premier League) Manchester City v Everton
- 5/1/20 (FA Cup) Liverpool v Everton
Whether Walcott is back in time to face Liverpool in the FA Cup third round (January 5) remains to be seen, however. It’s more likely that he’ll return when Everton welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Goodison Park in the league six days later.
The England international has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season, picking up two assists. Walcott has racked up only 601 minutes of football across the board, however, and hasn’t found the back of the net since May 2019 so he may not be missed.
Everton have scored just 19 goals in 16 league games this season too. Duncan Ferguson has Bernard, Richarlison and Alex Iwobi at his disposal in Walcott’s absence, but the Toffees have a tough task getting a result at Old Trafford regardless – despite beating United 4-0 in their last meeting, Everton they haven’t won in Manchester since 2013.
How will Everton fare against Manchester United?
Ferguson’s men come into Sunday’s meeting off the back of three defeats from four too, so it remains to be seen if they can deliver.